NLEM National List of Essential Medicines 2022 for mental health:

NLEM National List of Essential Medicines 2022 for mental health:

3 oral antipsychotics (+one depot), 3 antidepressants, 3 mood stabilzing agents; 2 hypnotic/anxiolytic

NLEM 2011 then 2015, now 2022
No big change in last 10 years though markets flooded with >20 new drugs.

Let’s go through #NLEM National List of Essential Medicines 2022 for mental health:
Antipsychotics- Clozapine, Haloperidol & Risperidone and Depot antipsychotic Fluphenazine. Olanzapine introduced in 2011 & withdrawn in 2015 list.

Addition of Olanzapine & Quetiapine needed. 1/n

In #NLEM National List of Essential Medicines 2022, the enlisted drugs for depressive disorders: Amitriptyline, Escitalopram and Fluoxetine. Imipramine withdrawn in 2015 list.

Addition of Venlafaxine, Sertraline and Mirtazapine needed to complete EDL List. 2/n

In #NLEM National List of Essential Medicines 2022, the drugs for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and Panic attacks: Clomipramine & Fluoxetine

Addition of Fluvoxamine is required to complete basic EDL Drugs. 3/n

In #NLEM National List of Essential Medicines 2022, drugs meant for Generalized Anxiety and Sleep Disorders: Clonazepam & Zolpidem. Lorazepam & clobazam is also available under anti-epileptic drugs. Alprazolam and Diazepam tablets (with abuse potential) withdrawn in 2015 list 4/n

In #NLEM National List of Essential Medicines 2022, drugs meant for bipolar disorder: Lithium, Sodium valproate and carbamazepine form complete list.

Addition of Lamotrigine is needed to complete the list in patients with bipolar disorder. 5/n

Good part of #NLEM National List of Essential Medicines 2022 is introduction of Buprenorphine+/- Naloxone for detoxification of opiate related disorders.

No pharmaco-prophylactic drugs (Naltrexone & Acamprosate) available for opioid & alcohol related disorders. 6/n

Lastly only drug available for dementia is Donapezil in all three #NLEM Lists of years 2011. 2015 & 2022.

Addition of Memantine may complete the EDL drug list 7/n

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